I would be surprised to learn that there is anyone who knows me that has not figured out I have a predilection for numbers and statistics. I’ll use the term predilection in lieu of three initials that, if truly applied would be reorganized alphabetically to read “CDO.” In any event, this posting will not only satisfy that love of numbers but also to answer a question we’ve been asked a thousand times, to wit: “If you don’t eat meat, what do you eat?”
The answer is of course, everything that everyone else eats except the meat! This is not rocket science people; after all there are finite varieties of things one can eat to survive. Of course, that question usually leads to another one such as “Where do you get your protein?” but that’s another topic for another day. For now suffice it to say we get our protein the same place that carnivores do, except we cut out the carrier and get it directly from plants!
Back to the subject matter. In the last 30 days, we have purchased an amazing amount of vegetables and fruits. For the sake of this discussion, I’ll include fungi and will consider it a vegetable though we all know it’s not. The grand total? 34 different varieties! When you think about numbers, 34 isn’t that big a number, but think of how many varieties you purchase and I’m confident that it will suddenly seem a much larger total.
We do this partly because we don’t eat meat, though we do eat a wee amount of fish now and then, and haven’t eaten meat for close to 20 years now. Thus, if for nothing else we need bulk. I think we’re all conditioned at an early age to consume a certain quantity of food (we’ll leave quality out of the discussion for now). We fill our plate with everything sans meat. The other reason we go through so many vegetables and fruits is, and picture me saying this in a hushed whisper while furtively glancing to see who’s listening – we juice. Want to start a lively discussion with anyone, anywhere anytime? Announce you are a juicing, no meat-eating, previous home schooling die-hard conservative who lives in Washington State. You’ll never again lack for people to talk to nor people who will share their opinions with you. Sorry, wee bit of a rant there; back to topic at hand once more. We have juiced for more than 7 years, but recently this has become a very important part of Daleen’s day and her diet. Juicing is crucial for anyone trying to keep cancer at bay, and of course important for good health. Now, you can say that if you juice, you don’t really eat all of what you buy. This is true, an undeniable fact I’ll readily concede. We won’t go into the fact that the majority of vitamins and minerals and nutrients in fruits and veggies are captured and consumed in juice, and we’ll let it stand that we don’t eat 100% of anything we juice. When you think about the food that you eat, I’d challenge you to say you eat it all either. The rinds of oranges and lemons are wasted, as are banana skins, the outer parts of pineapples and various parts of other veggies and fruits. BUT, when we juice, we juice all of the kale – stems included, we juice all of the celery, leaves included and all of the apples and pears etc. No one eats radish leaves, well no one I know of anyway although some say they are edible, so can we agree that when I give you the total weight of our purchases, we all understand some is wasted? Good. I thought as much.
I think a sidebar is warranted here. Remember when you were small and first introduced to the food pyramid? Loved that thing as, at a glance, you knew what the government said was good for you. How easy, how simple. Unfortunately though, it had a limited base in reality. As recently as 2011 when the pyramid disappeared and was replaced with the “MyPlate” concept, the government still doesn’t have it right but they do try. What they did do was “dumb it down”, as apparently we’re all too simple to go from a pyramid concept to a new concept without a visual aid. The “MyPlate” visual makes it easy to see you should eat some dairy and “proteins” every meal. They don’t specify what “proteins” are and to be honest, anyone who thinks the “MyPlate” visual is a good rule to go by, probably doesn’t understand where protein comes from anyway. Thanks for allowing me that but in all fairness I did mention something about being a conservative earlier.
By now I think you are ready for our total. From August 26th to September 25th, we purchased a grand total of – drum roll here please – 299.25 pounds of vegetables and fruits. We tossed nothing except 2 radishes that after only a couple of days in the fridge looked “funny.”
For juice alone, that equates to 5, 16 ounce mason jars of juice a day. That’s 19,760 ounces of goodness and equals 154.38 GALLONS of juice! In the mornings, Daleen gets a concoction of 5 ingredients: Red Pepper, Turmeric, Lemon, Carrot and Orange. For her healing and healthy “Green Juice”, Daleen gets the following 10 ingredients: Apple, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Ginger, Kale, Lemon, Lettuce, Spinach and sometimes Collard Greens. The rest of the fruits and veggies that we purchase we eat directly. Since Daleen’s diagnosis earlier this year and a complete and total overhaul of how we eat and live, here are some fun numbers that I have rounded up for simplicity’s sake:
Days since diagnosis: 247
Just for her morning juice alone that equates to:
Red Peppers: 247
Turmeric: 20.58 FEET (she gets approximately 1” of the wonder root a day)
Thanks for letting me share some numbers with you, and simultaneously give you an update about Daleen’s progress. To say we’ve been overwhelmed with the sheer amount of positive, good wishes sent her way would be a gross understatement. I last blogged about what I’ve learned since her diagnosis and perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned is that there is hope – in all its forms.
Oh – the most important numbers in all of this? 11,521 or 276,504 or 16,590,240. Those numbers represent the number of days, hours and seconds I have had the pleasure and honour of being Daleen’s “Mr. Right” When I reflect on choices I’ve made in life, I realize what an amazing choice I made to be married to the most creative, funny, talented, smart and kind-hearted woman in the word. Here’s to the next 16,590,240!